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Chancellor Scraps Permanent Non-Dom Status!

Until now, the UK has been one of the most welcoming jurisdictions in Europe where non-UK-domiciled individuals could live. Today, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Summer Budget that from April 2017 the rules...more

Estate Planning for Non-U.S. Citizens

In This Presentation: - Basic Rules - Determination of Residency for Estate Tax purposes - Tax Rules - Estate and Gift Tax Treaties - Asset Situs Rules - Taxation of Life Insurance...more

EB What? Considering Other Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

Overview - The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution...more

Coming to America Part II: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

In our last post “Coming to America Part I,” we discussed why emerging companies would choose enter the US market to do business. In this post, we will discuss the many interrelated legal and cultural factors non-US companies...more

As Expatriations Increase, Potential Relief for “Accidental” U.S. Citizens

According to Treasury reports, 3,417 U.S. citizens relinquished their U.S. citizenship in 2014, which is more than the number of expatriations reported in prior years. As required by law, the Treasury publishes a quarterly...more

Be Careful for What You Wish For! - Reconsidering the Tax Traps of the EB-5 Visa

EB-5 Visas have been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. Nothing hard to understand about that. The combination of...more

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...more

CBP Designates Preferred Ports of Entry for First-Time Canadian TN and L-1 Applicants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency charged with overseeing and facilitating international travel and trade across the borders of the United States. The CBP’s mandate includes responsibility over...more

2015 Regulatory Challenges Burdening Manufacturers

As we roll into the new year, this edition of the Manufacturing Industry Advisor takes a look at some of the key regulatory issues that manufacturers will be facing in 2015. Based on recent discussions with key legislative...more

Informal Surrender Of Green Card Doesn’t Work

The recent decision of the U.S.Tax Court, in Gerd Topsnik, (2014) makes it clear that an “informal” surrender of a Green Card, while recognized under immigration laws is not recognized for tax purposes....more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part II – Additional Income Tax...

I have mentioned in prior articles my affiliation with the South Florida law firm Osborne and Osborne, PA in Boca Raton. Back to the beginning! Boca Raton is where I started right out of the Army in 1987. I moved to Miami for...more

Scholarships, Grants, And Foreign Students— Tax Compliance Tips For U.S. Institutions

In recent years, record numbers of foreign students have enrolled in graduate and under- graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. During the 2012-2013 academic year, their numbers topped 800,000—the seventh...more

Check-the-Box Elections: Relevance in the International Context

One of the most powerful tools in cross-border tax planning is the ability to make a “check-the-box” election. Pursuant to the entity classification regulations under Internal Revenue Code §7701 (the “check-the-box...more

The Comity of Nations in a Technological World: Beyond the Border Action Plan

Canada and the United States share the world’s longest international border – more than 5,500 miles coast to coast and more than 7,000 miles when Alaska is included. In 2013, Canada and the United States engaged in more than...more

Who Is a U.S. Person? Disparities Between U.S. Tax and Immigration Law

The question of who is a U.S. person has always been relevant for tax purposes because it determines who is subject to (a) U.S. income, gift and estate tax, (b) filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), and (c) the ‘‘exit...more

Report Indicates Wealthy Chinese to Emigrate to US

Many foreigners crave United States citizenship even though it comes with corresponding obligations and responsibilities (i.e., think about tax compliance). CBS News previously wrote about pregnant women from foreign...more

Getting a Green Card Subjects Noncitizens to U.S. Foreign Bank Account Reporting Requirements

A resident or citizen of a country other than the United States who obtains lawful permanent resident status in the United States, often referred to as a “green card,” becomes a resident of the United States for U.S. income...more

Global HR Hot Topic - October 2013: "Floating” Employment Toolkit

When a multinational business or nonprofit decides to launch a presence in some foreign market where it has never done business before by opening a new local office, a new facility or a new factory, its path is clear: The...more

Leaving Mainland America Yet Remaining in the United States—Puerto Rican Residency as an Alternative To Expatriation

OVERVIEW - One of the news items that generates political fireworks each year is the number and names of famous Americans who renounce their U.S. citizenship. According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States is...more

Portugal for Expats: Less Tax and Investor's Visa

Moving into another country prompts all kinds of questions and tax and immigration issues always stand front and center. Portugal is getting to grips with these two in a fresh, easy and innovative way, turning into a very...more

The Price of Leaving: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship Comes with Costly Consequences

The United States is one of the few countries to tax the worldwide-earned income of its citizens and permanent residents. Millions of American citizens residing outside the U.S. have no direct ties to their home country since...more

The 180-Day Rule for Canadian Visitors – Law or Legend?

How Many Days Can I Be in the United States? We get inquiries from time to time from seasonal “snowbirds,” as well as from sales personnel, account managers, and others who make frequent and/or lengthy trips to the United...more

Nonresident Alien Spouse Not Liable for Penalties

There are an unknown number of U.S. citizens married to nonresident aliens. Many of these taxpayers have filed joint income tax returns. Most are likely to have filed joint income tax returns (Form 1040) without having...more

Should Married Nonresident Aliens Elect Joint Return Status?

The recent decisions of the US Supreme Court, (in the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 cases) to strike down anti-gay marriage legislation may very well produce an increase in immigrant marriages. The actual number...more

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